Monday, 23 May 2011

The Caves of Krabi

Everybody seems to be discussing how scenic the town of Krabi is. Very few are apparently giving thought to the fact that Krabi is also home to a lot of wonderful caves that hide many mysteries and generational secrets of the place and of Thailand at large.

The caves in and around Krabi town arouse a lot of mystery and intrigue, something tourists only become familiar with when they literally go inside an stare through the naked eye. The Tham Sadet is near Ban Nong Kok, close to 7 kilometers from Krabi Town. The cave is home to all possible stalactites and stalagmites people can possibly find in and around Krabi.         

Wat Tham Sua, also known as the Tiger Cave, is around 9 kilometers from Krabi Town. The cave is a part of the Temple Complex where monks reside, worship and pray. The monks residing here teach Vipasana, a form of Buddhism.

To the North East of the town are the Tham Lod and Tham Lod Tai. The latter comes along a narrow limestone tunnel with stalactites and can be reached through long tail boats at a low tide. Some of the fellow caves located in this area include the likes of Tham Prah Cave, Tham Pet Cave and Tham Phi Hua To.     

The Diamond cave, justifying its name, is indeed a name to reckon with amongst caves across Krabi Town. The path to it begins at the North End of the Railay East Beach. The journey towards it is replete with lights and wooden walkways. Inside, one finds Bats galore.

The Tham Phra Nang Nok is also fondly referred to as the Princess Cave. It is said to be a 10 minute walk along the Railay Beach East. It is believed by the Local Fishermen to be abode to a mythical sea princess. The inner of the cave is no less magical. Tourists see dazzling phallic symbols, lingrams, offerings and objects meant to enhance fertility.

The Viking Cave, Tham Phraya Nak, is about 90 minutes from the town. This is home to all pre historic paintings alongside recent pictures of modern voyages taken by ships. The cave is home to a vast number of swifts.

Tham Mai Kaew is a series of caves one can reach through a short trek made via a jungle. Local guides escort tourists through rubber plantations into a cavern pool, replete with bats, stalagmites etc.

These are the caves are many more around the town which is a paradise for those who cannot do without their regular dose of adventure.


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